- Court’s decision will end the curse of ‘witch murder’
- So far so many have been hunted
- Every year there are an average of 35 murders
Jharkhand News: Many such incidents have come to the fore in Jharkhand these days, when a woman is being publicly murdered by pretending to be a witch. But yesterday a district court of Jharkhand has given a big verdict on this and tried to give a lesson to those who committed such murders. In fact, in Gulma, Jharkhand, 19 women have been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing two women by pretending to be witches. Additional District Judge-1 Durgeshchandra Awasthi on Wednesday convicted 19 women and sentenced them to life imprisonment. The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each on all the guilty women. On June 11, 2013, two women were murdered in Gumla on the charge of witchcraft.
35 murders on average every year
Jharkhand Police figures show that for the past seven years, on an average 35 women are murdered every year in the state posing as witches. Whereas, according to the data of the Department of Research (CID), in the year 2015, 46 women were murdered by pretending to be witches. At the same time, in the year 2016, 39 women were murdered as witches. Whereas, 42 women were murdered in 2017, 25 in 2018, 27 in 2019 and 28 in 2020 as witches. The figures for 2021 have not been completely cleared yet, but still, 24 such murders have been registered after scrutinizing the news. Even in the year 2022, many such cases have come to the fore in which women were murdered by calling them witches.
The incidents are not stopping even after the law
The Prohibition of Witch Practices Act was enacted in the year 2001 to prevent incidents of torture and murder in the name of witches. But the increasing cases of witchcraft and violence in Jharkhand suggest that the law needs a fresh review. The biggest thing is that along with making the rules of punishment in this type of murder more stringent, there is also a need to make fast track courts and give quick verdict in such cases. However, to stop such cases, first of all, we need to intensify the awareness campaign at the social level.
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